Urbanscape Green Roofs

Do you really know all the benefits of green roofs?

Posted by Maja Tomazin on May 23, 2016 3:26:48 PM

Green roofs have recently gained great attention of urban planners and architects - mainly because of numerous social, economic and design-based benefits they bring to public, private, economic and social sectors, and even more important, to local and global environments.

You've all heard about how green roofs go beyond the meaning of contemporary architecture and give a new value to the role of buildings within urban planning. You also know they are designed not only to bring back the natural element in the urban environment, but also to provide solutions for important issues such as urban heat island effect and stormwater management.

What about other benefits? Do you really know it all?

Let's check all 3 categories of green roof benefits - environmental, economic and last but not least, social benefits of vegetative roofs...


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6 facts why sedum plants are the best option for extensive Green Roofs

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Dec 22, 2015 12:11:05 PM

Green roofs are acknowledged as a premier example of multifunctional urban design. Wherever buildings are constructed, microhabitats are usually disrupted. The architects had adopted the philosophy of "footprint replacement," whereby green space lost through development is re-established on the roof (Grant, 2006).

Green roofs, like other constructed ecosystems (e.g., sewage treatment wetlands, bio swales for storm-water management, or living walls), mimic natural ecosystems to provide ecosystem services.

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Addressing the Myths associated with New Generation Mineral Wool, used by the Green Roof and Landscaping industry

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Oct 1, 2015 4:31:54 PM

There is a lot of misunderstanding about mineral wool products used in the Green Roof Industry and Horticultural sector.  It is time to correct some of the myths related to different products that are available on the market.

Due to their excellent water absorption, rock mineral wool fibres have been used for many years for different “green” applications including green roofs, green walls, landscaping, gardening and horticulture (hydroponics).

However, there were some drawbacks that were common to all rock mineral wool products on the market. These have led to some common misunderstandings, particularly related to some of the new innovative mineral wool products now available.

The best way  to address some of the myths is to compare the old and new generation mineral wool products used as growing media. Knauf Insulation produces all of them so they know what’s best for which application. 

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